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    UnitedHealth suspects ‘nation-state’ behind Change cyberattack

    Pharmacies and providers nationwide are struggling to process prescriptions following the attack, while the American Hospital Association is urging hospitals to disconnect from UnitedHealth’s systems.

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    4 steps for successful implementation of AI-powered technology in healthcare

    Learn about four things to consider for successful implementation of ACI within a health system.

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    CHS hit with Justice Department investigation

    Federal regulators are seeking information about the for-profit hospital operator's inpatient admissions and dialysis processes and procedures.

    Updated Feb. 23, 2024
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    State attorneys general urge PBM reform

    The letter, sent on behalf of 39 state attorneys general to leaders in Congress, comes as lawmakers consider legislation to regulate the pharmacy middlemen.

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    Tracking healthcare worker strikes

    UChicago Medicine nurses voted to authorize a strike on Tuesday over concerns about staffing levels.

    Updated Feb. 23, 2024
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    Amwell names new chief medical officer

    The announcement comes a week after the telehealth vendor said it had reduced its headcount by roughly 10% since the end of 2023.

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    Change Healthcare hit by cyberattack

    The UnitedHealth-owned healthcare technology company disconnected its systems after detecting an “outside threat,” according to a status update page.

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    DarioHealth acquires fellow digital health firm Twill

    The deal, which Dario says will boost revenue and speed profitability, comes as the digital health sector could see increased M&A activity this year.

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    CMS finalizes rule to cut Medicaid DSH payments for some hospitals

    Under the new definition, hospitals can only receive disproportionate share hospital Medicaid reimbursements for beneficiaries who are primarily insured by the safety-net program.

    Updated Feb. 22, 2024
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    Steward Health Care gets ultimatum from Massachusetts governor

    Gov. Maura Healey sent a letter to Steward executives this week saying the operator must produce financial documents and consider a sale of its properties in the state.

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    Walgreens to close VillageMD clinics in Florida

    The closures fully exit VillageMD from one of its largest markets, and one that’s often a key target for value-based primary care chains.

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    HHS reaches second-ever ransomware settlement

    A mental healthcare provider didn’t have sufficient protections in place before a ransomware attack exposed the protected health information of more than 14,000 people, according to the HHS’ Office for Civil Rights.

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    Women in healthcare report higher levels of burnout than male colleagues, study finds

    A lack of autonomy and gender inequity at work are correlated with women’s burnout, according to the new research.

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    CHS’ income falls in the fourth quarter as costs continue to climb

    The Franklin, Tennessee-based hospital operator’s net income dropped nearly 90% year over year in the quarter.

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    Teladoc still looking for tech investments, M&A amid operational review

    The telehealth vendor is trimming expenses, but it could pursue deals with strategically or financially attractive companies.

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    Insurers brace for continued Medicare Advantage medical costs

    The big question coming out of the health insurance earnings season is how much elevated utilization among seniors is carrying over into 2024.

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    Medicare Advantage plans provide less intensive post-acute care, study finds

    The research found no differences in 30-day hospital readmissions or mortality, but the study’s authors said more analysis on patients’ long-term functioning was needed.

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    Ascension posts $231M in quarterly operating income as labor costs come down

    The Catholic health system attributed its results to increased patient volumes and successful cost-cutting initiatives.

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    Ukrainian national pleads guilty in Vermont hospital ransomware attack

    The attack against the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2020 cost the hospital millions of dollars and limited operations for weeks.

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    No Surprises implementation created uptick in in-network claims: Fair Health

    From the fourth quarter of 2021 to the first quarter of 2022, in-network care as a percentage of all national claim lines increased 2.3%, the nonprofit found.

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    Tracking healthcare data breaches

    A data breach at an ophthalmology vendor may have exposed information of nearly 2.4 million people.

    Updated Feb. 20, 2024
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    Mass General Brigham’s investment income boosted Q1 earnings

    But operating expenses — including increases in supply and wage costs — continued to pressure the nonprofit.

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    Disputes over surprise billing continue to soar, new CMS data shows

    Arbiters are mostly selecting the higher payment offer in billing dispute determinations. That suggests No Surprises could actually raise premiums for consumers, one health researcher said.

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    Telehealth services during pandemic largely compliant with Medicare, OIG finds

    The latest audit from the HHS’ Office of Inspector General comes as some Medicare flexibilities for telehealth are set to expire at the end of this year.

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    CommonSpirit trims operating losses in second quarter

    The nonprofit improved net income but was still dogged by rising expenses in the quarter.

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    House subcommittee grills VA, Oracle over pharmacy issues amid EHR rollout

    Implementation of the new electronic health record has been rocky, with system reliability and safety concerns plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs.